Lanchester Community Free School

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The Arts


Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young. (Aristotle)


Music is a fundamental feature of human existence. It is found in all societies, throughout history and across the world. Music plays an important role in our children’s development. As such it demands an equal place in the school curriculum. Learning music is similar to first experiences in language. The early stages are intuitive, depending on listening, and involving a great deal of memorising, imitation and experimentation. Gradually, one experience builds upon another, and musical skills and concepts are acquired in a logical progression. Children learn at different rates, and an interest, enjoyment and sense of achievement should be encouraged in all.


This year, all pupils from Year 1 to Year 4 will be taking music lessons from The Rock and Pop Foundation – developing their musical awareness whilst learning to play a range of tuned and untuned instruments including the ukulele. Small group or one to one lessons will also be available in the following disciplines; Guitar, Drums, Keyboard and Ukulele. Subject to interest from parents and students, they will also be running an after school music session at the school.


The Rock and Pop Foundation deliver well balanced and enjoyable lessons that develop skills across a range of playing styles. Children begin their journey learning from the Rock and Pop Foundation Junior Trainer series of books and will have the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications with Rockschool (RSL) and Trinity College. All students have full access to the Rock and Pop Foundation website and members area where they can revisit previous lessons online or improve their musicreading with a variety of fun games.